The force is strong with Paul Blake as he clinches Team GB's 50th gold

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Paul Blake smashed through the finish line of the T36 400m final to secure Great Britain's 50th Paralympic gold medal for the first time since 1988.

The Paralympian sprinted to victory in 54.49 seconds, beating closest rival Roman Pavlyk of Ukraine by 0.18 seconds in the middle distance event on Friday.

Sci-fi fans may also know Blake as the son of actor Paul Blake Snr, recognised for his role as Greedo in the 1977 film Star Wars.

Greedo's character was the subject of controversy after a 1997 remastering of the original movie, which changed the moment he is shot by Harrison Ford's bounty hunter character Han Solo. In the original movie the hot-headed Solo shot first, the remake made Ford's character more sympathetic by suggesting he acted in self defence.

Blake showed his own dedication to the film franchise with an excited Twitter post proudly displaying an autograph from the original movie's leading actor Mark Hamill at the London Star Wars celebration in August.

The Dorset-born athlete, who has cerebral palsy, said he'd been struggling to raise funds for his Rio 2016 campaign earlier this year.

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Blake celebrates third in the men's 800m T36 race during the 2012 Paralympic Games in London (David Davies/PA)

Great Britain is now only 11 medals away from their 2012 haul of 120.

Blake first came to attention in 2011 after winning gold in the 400m and silver in both the 800m and 1500m at the IPC Athletics World Championships.